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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

To love or not to love...the Kindle Fire

For Christmas, this Mean Old Library Teacher received a new Kindle Fire from her darling parents. (I'm sure you want to hear that this was the best gift I received, but let's face it, the shiny new bling on my left hand is definitely the winner of that title!)

Can I just say, I love my Fire. I do. The color is nice, it's nice to be able to bounce back and forth as I'm reading to the Internet (I tend to want to do quick research on something if it comes up in my reading). I like that it's a touch screen.

I love that today I figured out how to side-load apps--ones that are available in the Android Marketplace but not on the Amazon App Store. This TRULY rocks. So, as of now, I'm the proudly able to use my Adobe Digital Editions app (which is handy when the ARCs on NetGalley aren't Kindle-friendly---or the Kindle isn't ARC-friendly.). I've also loaded my Nook App on there, just in case, and a the Alkido reading app, for any other PDF or ePub book I can't get to one of the other ways. Because, it happens.

What I don't like.

1) Battery life. I know all the bells and whistles just take more battery life, but it's really frustrating, with as much reading as I do to have to charge it every 2 to 2-1/2 days because it's DEAD. Let me stress that, it's DEAD.

2) Doesn't come with a USB cord to connect to the computer. This wasn't a big deal...until I decided to sell the old Kindle Keyboard and had to package it's USB cord/AC adapter combo to ship along with it. But today, now that I've figured how to get my ARCs out of the Adobe Digital Editions folder on my computer and into my Kindle...I need it. Otherwise, I'll have to keep borrowing one from a Nook at work.

Honestly...that's it, though. Oh..and the fact that it doesn't like the car charger for the fiance's cell phone. It's persnickety. But then, it would be. ;)

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